Look, Saiful wasn’t one of those thousands who just made coffee or open doors in PKR (why need someone to open doors?) as one anwaristas had suggested in a silly attempt to diminish his connection with Anwar. I read in an earlier news article in Malaysiakini that Anwar was looking for him since Thursday, wondering where he had disappeared to. He has been described consistently as a special aide to Anwar.
Malaysiakini reported in Saiful in hiding, uncle has faith that Saiful has been subjected to horrendous character assassination on the Internet.
Malaysiakini continued with Saiful's uncle saying:
"But I believe in Saiful. He is a good kid and all that he has done, he has done with honesty. I just got back from Perak and we've not been in touch but I know why he lodged the report."
Teary-eyed, the uncle said that his nephew reported the matter as he wanted to expose the PKR leader for what he was. When asked about Saiful's alleged links to Umno politicians, the uncle brushed them off.
"We've got no help or connections with Umno. All he wanted to do is to expose the heinous crime."
On Saturday when Malaysiakini first released the explosive news Aide alleges sodomy: Report lodged, it stated that (on Saturday) "at 11.15 pm, PKR sent out an SMS message stating that the police had detained Anwar's special aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan this afternoon and forced him to lodge a police report about being sodomised by his boss."
‘…forced him to lodge a police report …’
Then a day later, Malaysiakini published Alleged sodomy was 'in a Damansara condo' in which it said “Anwar has rejected the fresh accusations against him - the second time in 10 year - and described it as a complete fabrication. PKR also said that Saiful was arrested and forced by the police to lodge such a report against Anwar.”
‘ … Saiful was arrested and forced by the police to lodge such a report …’
However today, Malaysiakini tells us in Anwar files libel suit against aide the obvious (from its headlines), that Anwar has just filed a suit against his former aide for allegedly defaming him by lodging a malicious and false report about the sodomizing.
Anwar also claimed that Saiful knew that he has intended to stand for elections in the near future, and Saiful’s police report, which apparently contained nasty salacious descriptions, would receive humongous media coverage and undoubtedly bugger (pun not intended) Anwar’s election prospect.
Presumably Saiful 'knew' because he was Anwar's special aide.
Worse, the police report implied that Anwar had committed a heinous act contrary to the Muslim faith.
Malaysiakini also reported Anwar’s lawyer Sivarasa stating that Saiful’s allegations were politically motivated and ill-intended towards tarnishing Anwar's political reputation.
… so on so forth ...
… quite a change from Anwar’s initial assertion that poor old Saiful had probably made the report ‘under duress’ - and we Malaysians know what ‘under duress’ means, don’t we? – to the current Saiful who is allegedly a lying Judas.
Yesterday I posted Has Dr Wan Azizah blundered badly? where I reckoned Dr Wan Azizah’s attempt to distance her hubby from Saiful was a tactical blunder.
But I also added: "... Holey Moley, the Anwar camp must be panicking for Wan Azizah to come out with such a - if you don’t mind me saying this of her - really stupid assertion ..."
… the assertion being Saiful was seen in a photo with Najib Razak's aide in front of the DPM's office. There was lso another photo with some other ministers.
But should we cast Saiful straightaway into the role of villain based on a few such photos, which could be innocent souvenir snapshots of a young student with ministers.
Don’t ask Tian Chua because he would quite happily run away with less than a real photo.
To summarize, Saiful is either a victim or a villain.
Let’s start off with his alleged villainy, based no doubt in large part on his photo snapshots with some ministers.
Does that mean he had been a deep UMNO plant who somehow wasn’t given any background check by PKR, but yet could could worm his way into the confidence of Anwar to the extent that in a mere 3 months he became a special aide to the PKR de facto leader?
How could this happen?
But what if he has been a victim?
He was raped? But by whom? Which party had raped him (maybe with an instrument) and then forced/threatened him or his family or both (putting him under duress) to make a false report implicating Anwar Ibrahim?
... or ...
He wasn’t raped but forced/threatened anyway as above?
If he has been a victim, then it’s really bad form for Anwar Ibrahim to further penalize him with the legal suit, just as Wan Azizah had attempted to distance her hubby from him.
But most important of all, should he be vilified on the Internet or deserving of some sympathy for his victimization (if he has been a victim)? The problem with Malaysians is that they don't have the patience or the inclination to wait for due process ;-)
A third possibility would be that he is a PKR kamikaze volunteer for Anwar, by pretending to be a victim to facilitate the Drama King’s refuge in the Turkish Embassy, so as to elicit worldwide media coverage and international political support for his 'cause'?
Is there any reliable proof, other than Anwar's claim, that Anwar is under threat of an assassination?
Malaysia has been fortunate that up to now, we haven’t had any politicians assassinated on the basis of power struggle. It’s not in our culture. The only pollie who was killed by a MB from the same party was as a result of passion and not so much politics. Murdered victim had the bloody temerity to bonk the MB’s sister.
I find it hard to believe the assassination claim.
Oh BTW, Malaysiakini has just reported that Anwar leaves Turkish embassy after being assured of his safety by three ministers - Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, Foreign Minister Rais Yatim and the man he has been trying to get, DPM Najib Razak ;-).